Paget (Vernon Lee)
53.7 x 43.2 cm
(20 x 16
(click on the image
was a pen name
for Violet Paget (1856-1935). She was a childhood friend of John
after growing up together they both, it appears, were involved in the
art community. She was a prolific novelist, essayist and critic,
had written at least one book about the nature of beauty in Art.
Vernon was close to
John and his
sister when they were growing up. Her parent's, like Sargent's, were
Americans living and traveling around Europe. She was especially close
during the Salon of 1884, due to the letters they exchanged and the
of being with him when frustrated over the painting of Madame Gautreau.
account of John,
comes as the last chapter in the book -- sort of an epilogue. John
her once in 1881 and sketched her on a couple of other occasions --
a wonderful man he was. She says that John detested talking about his
in his mature life but would talk for hours about others or of music,
and other art forms and she says she loved to listen.
Much of her
understanding of John's
ideas of his own art comes mostly from earlier adulthood and just the
contact of a lifetime of correspondence with he and his sister. As life
took them on their journey they were not as close in later life. She
she somewhat regrets not knowing him even closer. Still, she says she
had the pleasure to see the beauty in the world, as we all can, through
his eyes in his paintings.
John Singer Sargent,
An Exhibition -- Whitney
Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
in Italy, 2002-2003
about Vernon Lee?
From: Daniel Wallace
Date: Mon, 24 Feb
Lee keep a diary where she might of made mention of [of any
relationship]? She may have been the only person both to have known and
written about Sargent’s sexual experiences.